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Routledge Methodist Studies Series

About the Series

Editorial Board: Ted A. Campbell, David N. Hempton, Priscilla Pope-Levison, Martin Wellings and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

Methodism remains one of the largest denominations in the USA and is growing in South America, Africa and Asia (especially in Korea and China). This series spans Methodist history and theology, exploring its success as a movement historically and in its global expansion. Books in the series will look particularly at features within Methodism which attract wide interest, including: the unique position of the Wesleys; the prominent role of women and minorities in Methodism; the interaction between Methodism and politics; the ‘Methodist conscience’ and its motivation for temperance and pacifist movements; the wide range of Pentecostal, holiness and evangelical movements; and the interaction of Methodism with different cultures.

18 Series Titles

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Thomas Wride and Wesley’s Methodist Connexion

Thomas Wride and Wesley’s Methodist Connexion

1st Edition

Clive Murray Norris
February 26, 2020

This book highlights the life and writings of an itinerant preacher in John Wesley’s Methodist Connexion, Thomas Wride (1733-1807). Detailed studies of such rank and file preachers are rare, as Methodist history has largely been written by and about its leadership. However, Wride’s ministry shows ...

Wesley, Whitefield and the 'Free Grace' Controversy The Crucible of Methodism

Wesley, Whitefield and the 'Free Grace' Controversy: The Crucible of Methodism

1st Edition

Joel Houston
November 13, 2019

When approaching the most public disagreement over predestination in the eighteenth century, the ‘Free Grace’ controversy between John Wesley and George Whitefield, the tendency can be to simply review the event as a row over the same old issues. This assumption pervades much of the scholarly ...

The Theology of Sanctification and Resignation in Charles Wesley's Hymns

The Theology of Sanctification and Resignation in Charles Wesley's Hymns

1st Edition

Julie A. Lunn
December 05, 2018

Sanctification is a central theme in the theology of both John and Charles Wesley. However, while John’s theology of sanctification has received much scholarly attention, significantly less has been paid to Charles’ views on the subject. This book redresses this imbalance by using Charles’ many ...

Wesley and Aldersgate Interpreting Conversion Narratives

Wesley and Aldersgate: Interpreting Conversion Narratives

1st Edition

Mark K. Olson
August 14, 2018

Despite being widely recognized as John Wesley’s key moment of Christian conversion, Aldersgate has continued to mystify regarding its exact meaning and significance to Wesley personally. This book brings clarity to the impact this event had on Wesley over the course of his lifetime by closely ...

Women Pioneers in Continental European Methodism, 1869-1939

Women Pioneers in Continental European Methodism, 1869-1939

1st Edition

Paul W. Chilcote, Ulrike Schuler
July 25, 2018

Despite the fact that women are often mentioned as having played instrumental roles in the establishment of Methodism on the Continent of Europe, very little detail concerning the women has ever been provided to add texture to this historical tapestry. This book of essays redresses this by ...

Methodist Worship Mediating the Wesleyan Liturgical Heritage

Methodist Worship: Mediating the Wesleyan Liturgical Heritage

1st Edition

R. Matthew Sigler
July 26, 2018

What makes Methodist worship "Methodist" or "Wesleyan?" How do Methodists evaluate emerging forms of worship in light of their own liturgical heritage? This book considers these questions by bringing to light the work and significance of three Methodist liturgists who have until now received ...

Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia Hallelujah under the Southern Cross

Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia: Hallelujah under the Southern Cross

1st Edition

Glen O'Brien
May 10, 2018

Most Wesleyan-Holiness churches started in the US, developing out of the Methodist roots of the nineteenth-century Holiness Movement. The American origins of the Holiness movement have been charted in some depth, but there is currently little detail on how it developed outside of the US. This book ...

Methodism in Australia A History

Methodism in Australia: A History

1st Edition

Glen O'Brien, Hilary M. Carey
February 12, 2018

Methodism has played a major role in all areas of public life in Australia but has been particularly significant for its influence on education, social welfare, missions to Aboriginal people and the Pacific Islands and the role of women. Drawing together a team of historical experts, Methodism in ...

John Wesley, Practical Divinity and the Defence of Literature

John Wesley, Practical Divinity and the Defence of Literature

1st Edition

Emma Salgård Cunha
December 11, 2017

John Wesley (1703–1791), leader of British Methodism, was one of the most prolific literary figures of the eighteenth century, responsible for creating and disseminating a massive corpus of religious literature and for instigating a sophisticated programme of reading, writing and publishing within ...

John Wesley and the Education of Children Gender, Class and Piety

John Wesley and the Education of Children: Gender, Class and Piety

1st Edition

Linda A. Ryan
November 06, 2017

Scholars have historically associated John Wesley’s educational endeavours with the boarding school he established at Kingswood, near Bristol, in 1746. However, his educational endeavours extended well beyond that single institution, even to non-Methodist educational programmes. This book sets out ...

Methodist Heritage and Identity

Methodist Heritage and Identity

1st Edition

Brian E. Beck
August 25, 2017

Brian Beck has had a long and distinguished career in Methodist studies, having additionally served as President of the UK Methodist Conference and helped lead the international Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. This book is the first time that Beck’s seminal work on Methodism has ...

Image, Identity and John Wesley A Study in Portraiture

Image, Identity and John Wesley: A Study in Portraiture

1st Edition

Peter S. Forsaith
August 21, 2017

The face of John Wesley (1703–91), the Methodist leader, became one of the most familiar images in the English-speaking and transatlantic worlds through the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After the dozen or so painted portraits made during his lifetime came numbers of posthumous ...

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